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The chocolate maker and the chocolatier have totally different tasks in the world of chocolate--each demanding precision and artistry. The chocolate maker, or manufacturer, produces chocolate for use by the chocolatier. The chocolate maker processes raw cacao beans into a final usable product such as chocolate bars, tablets, or couverture. Some chocolate makers own the entire process and are referred to as a bean-to-bar or single-origin manufacturers. Others chocolate maker sell only to chocolatiers who create chocolates for retail purchase. On a chocolate tour in Switzerland you’ll meet and work with both chocolate makers and chocolatiers.
The complicated journey from jungle bean to chocolate bar must be handled carefully with a master’s vision of the ideal delicious outcome. The chocolate maker manages the process of bringing out the best in every batch of beans. The cacao’s personality must be identified, magnified, maximized, and solidified in the making of a fine couverture chocolate. The chocolatier then takes over.
You will learn the guarded secrets of these artisans when you travel on Alpenwild’s Tour de Chocolate: A Culinary Adventure. Each day there is a special chocolate event—create your own chocolate truffles, visit with a top tier chocolate artisan and taste their finest, explore single source chocolate from a dozen locales, learn tempering technique, discover how to make rich and unforgettable chocolate ice cream, and relax in a chocolate café with a cup of the world’s richest hot chocolate. Interspersed between the chocolate events you will visit a medieval castle, take a sunset cruise on Lake Lucerne, ride a cog railway to a mountain summit, visit the home of Gruyere cheese, and other cultural and culinary delights.
The following companies are all chocolate makers in Switzerland. Some of them such as Nestle and Lindt are household names and you've seen their products on store shelves throughout the world. Others are better known by their brand names. For example, Chocolat Halba makes Coop's house brand (the largest grocery stores in Switzerland), and Mondelez is the maker of Toblerone. Laderach sells their chocolate in their own Laderach chocolate shops located throughout Switzerland. Other companies such as Felchlin sell almost exclusively to chocolatiers.
CHOCOLAT ALPROSE SA
BARRY CALLEBAUT SCHWEIZ AG
CHOCOLAT BERNRAIN AG
CHOCOLATS CAMILLE BLOCH SA
CSCC COMPAGNIE DE CHOCOLATS ET CONFISERIES AG
CHOCOLATS ET CACAOS FAVARGER SA
MAX FELCHLIN AG
CHOCOLAT FREY AG
GYSI AG CHOCOLATIER SUISSE
CONFISEUR LÄDERACH AG
CHOCOLADEFABRIKEN LINDT & SPRÜNGLI (SCHWEIZ) AG
MAESTRANI SCHWEIZER SCHOKOLADEN AG
MONDELEZ SCHWEIZ GMBH
BUSINESS UNIT CHOCOLATE NESTLE SUISSE SA
CONFISERIE SPRÜNGLI AG
CHOCOLAT STELLA SA
VILLARS MAÎTRE CHOCOLATIER SA